Juan Lagares Lands On 15-Day DL With Strained Hamstring, Kirk Nieuwenhuis Recalled
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PHOENIX (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares left Monday night’s game against Arizona with a pulled right hamstring after running out a ground ball in the seventh inning.
Lagares was injured with two outs in the inning while beating out a relay throw for a fielder’s choice. He tried to stay in the game, but called for the trainer and was replaced by pinch-runner Ike Davis.
The injury landed Lagares on the 15-day disabled list and Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been called up to take his place on the roster.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis is on his way to Phoenix. Juan Lagares expected to be placed on DL.—
Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) April 15, 2014
Mets come out for early BP at Chase Field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis is among the hitters on the field.—
Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) April 15, 2014
“We look at the big picture, it’s tough for us,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the 7-3 win. “It’s really tough. He’s played absolutely great, he’s swung the bat well, he’s earned that right to be out there every day. For this to happen to him now, it’s a tough break for him and a tough break for everybody.”
Lagares is New York’s best hitter at .314, with a homer and seven RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to nine games on a double in the second inning.
“Somebody’s got to step up,” Collins said. “Somebody else will need to be the guy.”
Right fielder Curtis Granderson bruised his left forearm and ribs when he ran into the fence in the sixth. He stayed in the game until being replaced by Andrew Brown in the seventh. He will not be placed on the disabled list at this time and is listed as day to day.
“As the game kept going on, things just started to tighten up a little bit,” Granderson said. “The great thing is all the X-rays were negative. The bad thing is I’m just a little sore right now, and we’ll see how I feel (Tuesday).”
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